BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH                      

Anita Walton Moore, is the longest tenured librarian at Rust College. She has spent more than forty years in the Leontyne Price Library as Director of Technical Services, Assistant Librarian and Head librarian. Before coming to Rust College, she was librarian at Henry High School in Byhalia, MS., for six years.

Mrs. Moore is a 1960 graduate of Mississippi Industrial College, receiving a bachelor of science degree, with a major in mathematics and a minor in English. She was the first Black to receive a master's degree in library science from the University of Mississippi.

As head librarian, Mrs. Moore has served on several library affiliated boards and committes: President of the Northwest Mississippi Regional Association; a board member of the HBCU Alliance: a committee member of SACS, Mississippi Library Association (Hospitality committee) and American Library Association (Black Caucus Committee). She and Dr. David L. Beckley were the co-founders of the Rust College Pre-Alumni Club. Mrs. Moore has represented Rust College for several years, at the request of the president, at the Annual Mississippi Humanities Council Banquet in Jackson, Mississippi, and the UNCF Annual Banquet in New York City.

Mrs. Moore has had the responsibility of writing and/or administering several grants to enhance the services of the Leontyne Price Library. The latest three year grant of $280,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Special Collections, Archives and Digitizing, currently in its first year of process. During her tenure as head librarian, archives and special collections were added to the library's holdings. She is responsible for the library's growth in collection development from its 70,000 volume to fill the library's capacity of 125,000 volume at this writing.

Mrs. Moore has appeared in Who's Who Among American Women, Woman of the Year at Anderson Chapel C.M.E Church: life member and past president of the Holly Springs/Marshall County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta; life member of the NAACP; a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a long time secretary of the Heroines of Jericho.

She has co-authored a book with Dr. Paul Lampley, entitled, " A Ray of Hope", a short history of Anderson Chapel, Mississippi Industrial College and the C.M.E church. Her book of poetry will be published in October 2011.

She has travelled as a Fullbright-Hays Scholar throughout five of the seven continents. Some places more than once. As a result of her travels, she was awarded the 2006 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher's Award for her presentation on, "Rust College Special Collection: The travels of a Librarian". For her devotion to Rust College and giving her service to keep it conducive to the eyes, she received the 2002 "Extra Mile Award" from the college president, Dr. David L. Beckley. Mrs. Moore has chaired many committees and advised several student organizations during her tenure. Her lists of awards, plaques, citations and gifts are indicative of how well she has been appreciated through the years.

As a wife, mother, grandmother, educator, writer, community and church leader, and entrepreneur, she has soared her many talents. She along with her husband, Dr. Arven Moore, son, Charles Vern Moore and daughter, Dr. Angela Adele Moore, grandson, Charles V. Jr., granddaughters Holly and Halle, own and operate a 400 hundred acre farm which includes cattle, forestry and fishing lakes in Byhalia, Mississippi.